St. Paul Vocal Forum concert celebrates 10th anniversary

The St. Paul Vocal Forum performs under the direction of Karen Barrett in 2013.

The St. Paul Vocal Forum performs under the direction of Karen Barrett in 2013.

The St. Paul Vocal Forum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the concert “How Can I Keep from Singing” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave. The concert will include a newly commissioned work entitled “Her Face Is Framed,” a secular piece inspired by St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

A Twin Cities chamber choir originally based at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, the Vocal Forum was founded by artistic director David Ryan Moberg, whose brother, Glenn Berg-Moberg is a pastor at the church. The choir includes singers from around the Twin Cities who audition to become a part of the 24-member group. The choir collects donations for charitable organizations at their concerts as a part of their mission to “brighten our world by sharing beautiful music and make a difference where there is need,” according to their web site.

Current artistic director Karin Barrett has invited alumni of the choir to join current members on several pieces in the Oct. 25 program, and the original accompanist, Ann Braaten, will be featured on organ.

A pre-concert discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature the composer, David Ryan Moberg, and lyricist, Glenn Berg-Moberg, of “Her Face Is Framed” to be performed that evening. Guests are invited to stay for a reception immediately following the concert.

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